Donors needed as Red Cross sees blood shortages

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated

The American Red Cross is looking for blood donors as the group is facing a nationwide shortage.

According to the Indiana Red Cross offices, there has been a shortfall of about 30,000 donations this summer. They say distribution of blood products is now outpacing donations. In addition to regular summer slump in donations, Hurricane Idalia forced the cancellation of dozens of blood drives.

During the ongoing Race to Give promotion, if you donate you will be entered to win a VIP NASCAR racing experience.

The Red Cross has several upcoming blood donation opportunities in our area including on Sept. 18th from 1 to 6 in North Vernon at First United Methodist Church on Poplar Street. And Sept. 29th from 1 to 6 in Columbus at First United Methodist Church on 8th Street

You can schedule an appointment to give through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).